In my last post I alluded to the fact that big changes to the antenna situation here at AA7EE could happen soon. I’ve been painfully aware that my antenna just ain’t cuttin’ it. It’s not the antenna (a Buddistick vertical, and more recently a 65-70 foot longwire as well) it’s the fact that it’s mounted on my balcony with the feedpoint at 20 feet above ground, giving me a reasonable take-off to the west, a bad take-off to the north, average take-off to the south and absolutely abominable take-off to the east, which as I’m in the San Francisco Bay area, is most of the rest of the country.
Today, the owner of my apartment building indicated that he would be open to my placing a 31 foot vertical on the roof of the building provided that a) it doesn’t break any local ordinances and b) he’s satisfied that it isn’t going to fall over and hurt or annoy anyone. Just as I was looking around for a new place to live, I get the carrot from him that might tempt me to stay! To help explain the situation, here’s a cross-section of my apartment building, showing my apartment and the location of the current antenna on the first floor, as well as the proposed location of the new antenna. This new antenna, as well being about 35 feet higher than the existing one, would give me a pretty good take-off in all directions – a major breakthrough:
The antenna I’m considering is an S9V 31 foot vertical with a bunch of radials lying on the roof and an ATU located at the base of the antenna with 50 ohm feed going back to the “shack”. I’m pretty excited about this as I think it will be a great improvement over the current antenna location. Tomorrow morning, I’m grabbing a ladder and heading out onto the roof to do a bit of research. At the very worst, I’ll get a great view of the City of Oakland, but I think this is going to be good.
If anyone has alternative antenna suggestions, I am very open.